Women's Volleyball

Pioneers Fall at North Dakota State 3-2

Oct. 18, 2015

Box Score| Season Stats

DENVER - The University of Denver volleyball team fell to North Dakota State 3-2 (26-24, 22-25, 25-19, 23-25, 12-15) Sunday in Fargo, N.D. The Pioneers sit at 7-2 in the Summit League, with both losses coming in five sets, and 19-5 on the season.

Senior Sarah Schmid (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) led Denver with a career-high 18 kills, and Kayla Principato (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Moni Corrujedo (El Paso, Texas) and Ruth Okoye (Aurora, Colo.) also tallied double-digit kills. Monique Domme (Colorado Springs, Colo.) recorded 40 assists, while Caroline Pearson (Chicago, Ill.) dished out 17 in her second appearance for the Pioneers.

Denver's defense totaled 73 digs in the match, led by Cassidy Rooke's (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) 27 digs. The Pioneers had 11 total blocks to NDSU's seven, including eight block assists from Okoye.

The Pioneers struggled to begin the first set. Denver called an early timeout after NDSU gained a 10-6 lead. The Bison increased their lead to five, before a run sparked by Sarah Schmid earned Denver a 16-15 lead in the first set. DU completed the comeback 26-24, led by eight kills without an error from Schmid.

The second set featured more back-and-forth volleyball as the teams fought through 16 ties and nine lead changes. North Dakota State ultimately came out on top 25-22. Setter Domme led the Pioneers with four kills in the set, as the Denver hitters struggled to find their rhythm.

DU rebounded in the third set, hitting .516 with only one error in the set and winning 25-19. Corrujedo and Principato recorded five kills apiece, while Schmid added three more to her total. Denver's two solo blocks also came in the third set, one by Okoye and one by Becca Latham (Austin, Texas).

The Bison tied the match 2-2 after claiming yet another close set, 25-23. Neither team was able to piece more than three points in a row in the whole set. Although the Pioneers outhit the Bison .294 to .263, North Dakota State had three more kills in the set.

Just like the rest of the match, the final set featured many lead changes and ties. Denver led 8-6 before North Dakota State came back for the 15-12 victory, winning the set on a service ace. Principato led the Pioneers in the final set with four kills, while Rooke and Corrujedo each notched five digs.

The Pioneers will continue their road trip as they take on South Dakota State Friday, October 23 and Omaha Saturday, October 24.

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